Former Muslims United is a program of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. It was formed in September 2009 by a group of leading American apostates from Islam – Nonie Darwish (Director), Mohammed Asghar, Amil Imani, Wafa Sultan and Ibn Warraq – to educate the American public and policymakers about the need for Muslims to repudiate the threat from authoritative Shariah to the religious freedom and safety of former Muslims. Our national campaign for civil rights and physical safety for former Muslims was launched with the creation of a pledge for Muslim leaders to sign – “The Muslim Pledge for Religious Freedom and Safety from Harm for Former Muslims.”
The first group of Muslim leaders were sent pledges to coincide with the date September 25, 2009. Our cover letter accompanying the pledge states:
On that date 220 years ago in 1789, the U.S. Congress passed the Bill of Rights. This is a fitting date to put our pledge to the world, for the first of those rights guarantees religious freedom and freedom of speech. These rights are, as our Declaration of Independence states, unalienable – they cannot be denied to any of us. For former Muslims, who throughout history have lost their liberties and lives when they left Islam, both the First Amendment and the Declaration of Independence have special significance.
As founders of Former Muslims United, we now pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to achieve for former Muslims their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We claim these rights as the foundation for our right to freedom from Shariah. We urge you to join us.
We will send additional copies of the pledge and letter on an ongoing basis to more Muslim leaders over the months of this national campaign for civil rights for apostates from Islam. The names of all recipients of the letter will be posted at this website, so that the public and policymakers can encourage the identified Muslim leaders to sign the pledge.
We thank the many organizations who have contacted us with offers of support, advice and opportunities to work together, and most of all the former Muslims who have contacted us with offers to help. Your good fellowship and courage is an inspiration. To reach Former Muslims United, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.